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Undergraduate Catalog 2008-09

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Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences

Interdisciplinary Programs

Neuroscience Studies

Tuan Tran, Director, 209 Rawl Building

Multidisciplinary Studies Major
A multidisciplinary studies major with a focus in neuroscience is available. Interested students should contact the director of neuroscience studies.

Students pursuing a BS multidisciplinary major in neuroscience who are also participating in the MD/7 program must meet all the specified requirements for their major. In addition, the student will need to fulfill the pre-health concentration by taking BIOL 1100, 1101, 1200, 1201; PHYS 1250, 1251, 1260, 1261. If the student is accepted for admission to the Brody School of Medicine under the MD/7 program, the first year of medical studies will count toward fulfilling the remaining hours of electives as required for graduation.

The neuroscience minor is designed to provide students with an introduction to the study of neuroscience at the various structural and functional levels of analysis, including molecular, cellular, integrative, and behavioral. (Students interested in a neuroscience major should see multidisciplinary studies, described above, and contact the neuroscience program director.) The minor requires completion of core courses (20 s.h), a laboratory course (2 or 3 s.h), and an elective course (2-5 s.h.). In the event that courses required for the minor are also required for the student’s major, neuroscience elective courses should be taken so that a minimum of 24 s.h. of unique neuroscience courses are completed for the minor. The major advisor should send a potential minor to the director for advising. The minimum requirements for the minor are 24 s.h. as follows:

  1. Core - 20 s.h.
    BIOL 1100, 1101. Principles of Biology I (4,0) (F,S,SS) (FC:SC)
    CHEM 1160, 1161. General Chemistry and Laboratory I (3,1) (F,S,SS) (FC:SC) (P: CHEM 1150, 1151; C for 1160:
    CHEM 1161; C for 1161: CHEM 1160; RC: MATH 1083 or 1085)
    NEUR 4900. Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience (3) (F) (P: Senior standing; consent of instructor)
    NEUR 4901. Behavioral and Integrative Neuroscience (3) (S) (P: Senior standing; consent of instructor)
    PSYC 1000. Introductory Psychology (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:SO) or PSYC 1060. Honors Introductory Psychology (3) (F,S) (FC:SO)
    PSYC 3310. Introduction to Neuroscience (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:SO)
  2. Neuroscience Laboratory Course (Choose one.) - 2-3 s.h.
    NEUR 4201. Laboratory Methods in Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience (2) (S)
    PSYC 4312. Laboratory Methods in Behavioral Neuroscience (3) (P: PSYC 3310, 3311; or consent of instructor)
    PSYC 4315. Neuroscience: Literature and Laboratory Experience (3) (P: PSYC 2210; 3310 or 3311; or consent of instructor)
  3. Electives - 2-5 s.h.
    BIOL 2130. Survey of Human Physiology and Anatomy (4) (F,S,SS) (FC:SC) (P: BIOL 1050, 1051; or 1100, 1101)
    BIOL 2131. Survey of Human Physiology and Anatomy Laboratory (1) (F,S,SS) (FC:SC) (P/C: BIOL 2130)
    BIOL 2300. Principles of Genetics (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:SC) (P: 2 BIOL courses)
    BIOL 3310, 3311. Cellular Physiology (4,0) (F,S,SS) (P: Organic chemistry or biochemistry course)
    BIOL 3320. Principles of Animal Physiology (3) (F,S,SS) P: 2000-level organic chemistry or biochemistry course.
    BIOL 5510, 5511. Transmission Electron Microscopy (4,0) (P: Senior standing as a biology major or consent of instructor)
    BIOL 5520, 5521. Scanning Electron Microscopy and X-Ray Analysis (2,0) (P: Senior standing as a biology major or consent of instructor)
    CHEM 2750. Organic Chemistry I (3) (F,S,SS) (P: CHEM 1160, 1161; C: CHEM 2753)
    CHEM 2753. Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (1) (F,S,SS) (C: CHEM 2750)
    CHEM 2760. Organic Chemistry II (3) (F,S,SS) (P: CHEM 2750; C: CHEM 2763)
    CHEM 2763. Organic Chemistry Laboratory II (1) (F,S,SS) (P: CHEM 2750, 2753; C: CHEM 2760)
    CHEM 2770. Biological Chemistry (3) (F,S) (FC:SC) (P: CHEM 2650 or 2760)
    CHEM 2771. Biological Chemistry Laboratory (1) (F,S) (FC:SC) (C: CHEM 2770)
    ITEC 2054, 2055. Electricity/Electronics Fundamentals (3,0) (F,S,SS) (P: MATH 1065 or 1066 or 1085 or 2119)
    MATH 2121. Calculus for the Life Sciences I (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:MA)
    MATH 2122. Calculus for the Life Sciences II (3) (F,S,SS) (P: MATH 2121)
    NEUR 4200. Literature in Neuroscience (1) (F)
    PHIL 1262. Introduction to Philosophical Issues in Biology (3) (F,S) (FC:HU)
    PHIL 2261. Introduction to Philosophy of Science (3) (FC:HU)
    PSYC 2210. Research Methods in Psychology (4) (WI) (F,S) (FC:SO) (P: MATH 1065 or MATH 1066; PSYC 2101)
    PSYC 3225. Psychology of Learning (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:SO)
    PSYC 3226. Cognitive Psychology (3) (F,S,SS) (FC:SO)
    PSYC 3290. Comparative and Evolutionary Psychology (3) (FC:SO)
    PSYC 3311. Neuropsychology (3) (F,S) (FC:SO)
    PSYC 4340. Behavioral Pharmacology Seminar (3) (P: PSYC 3310, 3311; or consent of instructor)
    Any course listed under 2., above, not used to meet lab requirement may be chosen as an elective.